Practical chemistry for NQTs

In-person teacher professional development courses from the Royal Society of Chemistry

The focus of this course is on developing practical skills and gaining experience carrying out relevant and interesting practical experiments and demonstrations, to help inspire and engage students. Participants will improve vital skills such as extending student understanding of the subject through practical techniques, scientific enquiry and problem solving. You will develop ideas about the partical model and an understanding of where common misconceptions can be avoided in a range of practical.

Pre-16 courses

Learning objectives

Participants will learn how to:

  • carry out relevant and interesting practical experiments and demonstrations to help inspire and engage students
  • use practical work to enhance and extend student understanding of the subject and support the development of subject-specific skills including: practical techniques, scientific enquiry, problem solving
  • use black box activities to teach the concept of modelling
  • develop student ideas about the particle model to explain simple chemical reactions
  • assess student understanding of key chemical concepts through animations and simulations

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • design, plan and implement interesting and effective practical work in chemistry teaching
  • effectively demonstrate experiments to students
  • support and challenge student understanding of the particle model and chemical reactions
  • explain how the theory of developing and using models is linked to the chemistry curriculum
  • identify misconceptions or alternative theories in student understanding

Each course is tailored to specific needs, so objectives and outcomes may vary slightly from those given here.

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Classroom resources

Activities from our Practical chemistry for NQTs professional development course for teachers

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